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Access Cloud Storage with Active Directory Identities

Introduction

This white paper describes Databox with Active Directory integration. The solution can be used by businesses to privately deploy and host a file sync and share solution, providing an access layer (browser, mobile, desktop and file server access) around private cloud storage service and local file server network share, and retaining full control of data and the related access infrastructure.

Problem Statement

Many businesses have standardized on Active Directory for network administration and security. Active Directory is used to authenticate and authorize users for secure network resource access inside the business IT infrastructure.

With the need of a private enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) solution, businesses want the EFSS solution to integrate natively with Active Directory for security and control, with both identity authentication and leverage group membership for file sharing.

Databox brings private online access solutions to existing network file resources such as file server storage, NAS storage or SAN storage. Databox also brings private online access solution to private cloud storage solutions such as OpenStack Swift.

It makes perfect sense for Databox to tightly integrate with Active Directory so the private online access solution can be seamlessly merged with the existing IT infrastructure such as the Active Directory.

Previous Options

Many current online storage solutions provide their own user management solution. Typically you will need to type in a user first name, last name and email address; generate a password before the user can use the online storage solution. In this scenario, when the user accesses existing IT infrastructure, they are using their Active Directory identities. And when they are using an outside online storage solution, they are using another set of user identities.

Some other solutions provide SAML integration. It may solve the identity authentication problem, but it may not be able to leverage the Active Directory group membership for team folder sharing.

Databox Solution

Databox provides a solution for the problem above through native integration with Active Directory. Users only need to use and remember their own Active Directory user identities.

Benefit 1 – Support Active Directory Users
There is no additional setup to add active directory users to the solution. Active Directory users can simply log in to the private online storage solution, the on-premise EFSS solution.

Benefit 2 – Share Folders with Active Directory Group
You can publish team folders to an Active Directory User Groups. Other solution may only provide authentication integration without the Active Directory group support.

Implementation

Databox should be installed on a Windows 2008 R2, or a Windows 2012 /R2 server as shown in the following configuration. You can connect Active Directory to the Databox instance (server farm).

Databox Implementation

Summary

Databox leverages the local connectivity to Active Directory and tightly integrates with Active Directory identity and Active Directory group to provide a seamlessly integrated file sync and share solution (EFSS) with the existing IT infrastructure.

The end result is a solution that Enterprises can easily deploy for their own private cloud storage service, with native Active Directory integration.

For more information, please contact databox Support @ help@databox.ca or visit http://www.databox.ca